Writing for Young Readers

“I have a great idea for a book.” 

Great ideas are wonderfully exciting! The hard part is knowing what to do with it. How does one become a writer? There are many answers to that question, and one of them is to get involved in the writing opportunities in your community. There are writers who live right here in Richmond who have had great ideas for books and figured out how to get them published. 

On April 27th, the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Society of Children’s Book
Writers and Illustrators is hosting their Spring Mingle and New Member Welcome. This local event is perfect for anyone interested in learning to write for young readers. Best of all: It’s free! 

Changing the World One Reader at a Time

Featured Speaker: Louise Hawes

Author of Black Pearls, Rosey in the Present Tense, Anteaters Don’t Dream, and other books for young readers. Co-author of the graphic novel, A Flight of AngelCo-founder of the MFA program in writing for children and young
adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Meet and greet
Break-out groups for writing exercises
Book sales and signing
Saturday, April 27, 2013
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library
101 East Franklin Street


Please pre-register by April 25, and bring pen & paper for writing exercises. To pre-register, email your name and break-out group preference to

Break-out groups:

picture book (PB)
middle grade (MG)
young adult (YA) 
illustrators (IL)
nonfiction (NF)

Facilitators for break-out groups: Gigi Amateau, Ellen Braaf, Ginjer Clarke, Troy HowellErica Kirov, Lana Krumwiede, Meg Medina, Anne Marie Pace, Brian Rock, and A. B. Westrick.

Many of us from Richmond Children’s Writers will be there, and we would love to meet you!


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